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USAID Chief Economist Joins School of Foreign Service Faculty

Steve Radelet stands beside the USAID flag.Steve Radelet

November 27, 2012 – Steve Radelet, the chief economist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will join the School of Foreign Service (SFS) this spring.

Radelet will teach in the global human development program next semester as a distinguished professor in the practice of development.

“Dr. Radelet brings to SFS and the Global Human Development program a rich and varied background in development – as a scholar, a practitioner in the field, a policy analyst and a policymaker,” says SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “His extraordinary combination of experience is just what we celebrate in our programs, and we are delighted Dr. Radelet is joining us.”

Prior to his position at USAID, Radelet served as a senior adviser for development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also has been an economic adviser to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her predecessor, and as a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Radelet is the author of Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way (Center for Global Development, 2010), Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker's Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account (Center for Global Development, 2003) and co-author of Economics of Development (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006), a leading undergraduate textbook. 

The economist received master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University.